A creamy casserole made with potatoes, cheese, and savory Johnsonville Italian Sausage cooked with the Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill.
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About Potato and Italian Sausage Casserole
Whether we’re in the lull between major holidays or it’s just a regular weeknight, I’m always looking for easy meals to help me fill in the gaps. An old friend of mine and I tend to eat big on weekends and holidays, and it’s difficult to squeeze in good sources of protein during our “foodie downtime.” All the best meals seem to take too much time, too much effort, or too many special circumstances to enjoy, especially when we’re hosting a house party and just want an easy side dish to round out the festivities.
Well, that is, that used to be my problem until I stumbled across the Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill.
I’ll be the first to admit that an old friend of mine is the meat eater in our household, and when I ask him what food we should make, that’s always what he says he wants: meat. The specifics of what that entails changes day from day, but the overall request remains the same.
And I totally get it. He likes what he likes, and there are plenty days where I’m right there with him craving a savory dinner. Most of our friends and family are big meat eaters as well.
It’s just that most delicious meat dishes require a lot of attention and TLC to cook them perfectly, because otherwise, the whole dish is ruined. And who wants to deal with that when you have friends and family over?
But this dilemma is what brings me to why I love the Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill: it takes the babysitting and guesswork out of cooking the perfect sausage (or bratwurst!) so you can focus on everything else in your life.
Not only does this unit come with a (cleanable!) grill that has built-in grooves for the sausages, it also has a thermometer that will make sure the sausages are cooked to the perfect temperature every time. And, better yet, when the sausages reach the proper temperature, the grill will turn itself off! No need to worry about overcooking while you finish telling your favorite jokes.
Check out this video to see how easy it is:
Now, when it comes to the winter months, we go all out for pure comfort food, even when hosting our house parties.
Potatoes are always a hit with our friends, and when you add in Johnsonville Italian Sauage, it adds a rich flavor that will easy appease all the meat-eaters in your life.
Because, let’s be honest here: when you mix potatoes, cheese, and sausage, you know you’ve got a crowd-pleasing dish, no matter the occasion!
So this holiday season, give the gift of indoor grilling with a Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill. Trust me, the busy cooks (and meat eaters!) in your life will thank you for it!
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Potato and Italian Sausage Casserole
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cook Johnsonville Italian Sauage per instructions in the Johnsonville Sizzling Sausage Grill. Transfer sausage to a paper towel lined plate until sausage is cool enough to handle. Once cool, slice sausage into 1/2 inch bite-sized pieces, then set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together cream of mushroom, milk, salt, black pepper, and yellow onion until combined, then set aside.
- In a 9x13 baking dish, layer 1/2 of the sliced potatoes, 1/2 of the cream mixture, and 1/2 of the sliced Italian sausage. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used and baking dish is full.
- Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.
- Remove dish from oven and sprinkle top with cheddar cheese. Return dish to oven and cook, uncovered, until cheese is melted to desired amount, between 3-10 minutes.
- Serve potato and Italian sausage casserole immediately with chopped parsley as garnish (optional).
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